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In the memory of December 1971 martyr- Albert Ekka
Lance Naik Albert Ekka of the 14th Battalion, the Brigade of the guards was awarded the Param Vir Chakra posthumously for his most conspicuous valour and determination in the best tradition of the armed forces
THE ‘PARAM Vir Chakra’ is the highest gallantry award and is next only to the ‘Bharat Ratna’. It is awarded for most conspicuous bravery or some daring or pre-eminent act of valour or self-sacrifice in the face of the enemy, whether on land, at sea, or in the air the decoration is also awarded posthumously.

Lance Naik Albert Ekka of the 14th Battalion, the Brigade of the guards and his men attacked a heavily fortified position in Gangasagar, a little more than 60 kms in the West of Agartala. Albert Ekka observed a Pakistani light machine gun firing at his men. All alone, he charged into the Pakistani bunker, bayoneted two Pakistani soldiers and silenced the gun. Albert Ekka was grievously wounded, but ignoring this, he advanced with his comrades, clearing bunker after bunker as they went deeper into the enemy position.

Albert Ekka received more grievous wounds, and he fell in action with the satisfaction of knowing that he had done his duty. Lance Naik Albert Ekka was awarded the Param Vir Chakra posthumously for his acts of outstanding valour much beyond the call of duty.

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